Just wanted to start a new thread for speed purposes. See the previous thread for all the earlier news today. Let’s start with this putrid announcement from the Rangers:
RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FREE AGENT FORWARD DONALD BRASHEAR
New York, July 1, 2009 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Donald Brashear.
Brashear appeared in 63 games with the Washington Capitals last season, registering one goal and three assists, along with a team leading 121 penalty minutes. He placed fourth on the club, and second among team forwards, with 119 hits. Washington posted a 4-0-0 mark in games that Brashear posted a point. He tallied the game-winning goal on December 4 vs. the New York Islanders, his first game-winner since December 14, 2002 vs. Buffalo (as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers).
In 2007-08, Brashear led the Capitals with 119 penalty minutes and ranked fourth on the team with 133 hits. Brashear recorded five goals and three assists while skating in 80 games. The Capitals were 4-0-1 when he tallied a goal, and 6-0-1 when he registered a point. Brashear notched his 200th NHL point on March 3 vs. Boston, and skated in his 900th career game on February 5 at Columbus. On December 12, he posted his first multi-point effort since October 22, 2005, collecting two assists vs. the Rangers. In addition, Brashear tallied two points (one goal and one assist) in seven postseason contests with Washington.
The 6-3, 237-pounder has skated in 989 career regular season contests with the Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks, Philadelphia Flyers, and Washington Capitals, registering 85 goals and 119 assists for 204 points, along with 2,561 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in assists (19), points (28) and shots on goal (127) as a member of the Canucks during the 2000-01 season. Brashear tallied a career-high, three assists/points on December 8, 2000 at San Jose. In 1999-00, Brashear notched a career-best 11 goals in just 60 games. As a rookie in 1993-94, he recorded four points (two goals and two assists) in 14 games with Montreal. He registered an assist in his NHL debut on November 15, 1993 at Ottawa, and tallied his first career goal two days later against Edmonton.
In post-season play, Brashear has appeared in 60 career contests with Montreal, Vancouver, Philadelphia, and Washington, registering three goals and six assists for nine points, along with 121 penalty minutes. He skated in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals as a member of the Flyers, recording four points (one goal and three assists) and 61 penalty minutes in 18 games. His three assists, four points and 61 penalty minutes were all career-highs.
The Bedford, Indiana native was originally signed as a free agent by Montreal on July 28, 1992.
OK, back to more normal stuff: TSN reports Rangers are one of the teams to have made an offer to Chris Neil.
Also, that Montreal signed Jaroslav Spacek for three years. Why? No idea.
Reports: Eric Cole is re-signing with Carolina.
TSN saying Nikolai Khabibulin signing with Edmonton.
Ooops. Forgot to report Brian Boucher signing with the Flyers. Can you imagine?
Toronto wants Chris Neil, too.
Bob McKenzie is saying that the Rangers are not involved in the Heatley sweepstakes. And that it will either be Edmonton or bust … “bust being Ottawa.” The Rangers surely aren’t going to put another offer with Dubinsky on the table, in my opinion. Although you never know what the Rangers are actually thinking, proof being earlier today.
Oh, boy. Rumors are the Flyers will sign Ian Laperriere. They may have no goaltending, but they are going to be annoying to play against.
Step out to get the mail at Blog HQ, and you miss a lot: Montreal signing Hal Gill (what is Bob Gainey doing up there?).
Pittsburgh signing Mike Rupp.
Rangers, according to TSN, have a four-year offer on the table for Chris Neil. Who is going to score goals? Do they want to be in the draft lottery next year?
Also, Florida signing Devils G Scott Clemmensen.
Meanwhile, we’ve got a new poll going on the right side of this page. Vote early and often.
Mike Cammalleri to Montreal for five years, $6M per. I know a lot of you guys wanted him, but that’s a big contract. Is there a salary cap in Montreal????
The Toronto trade of Kubina to Atlanta is reportedly done, for Garnet Exelby, Colin Stuart and Tim Stapleton.
Mike Komisarek is off the board, according to TSN: To Toronto.